'Exposure to radiation levels high in India'

An average person in India is exposed to five to ten times higher levels of radiation than that in the US, according to Nobel Peace Prize winner Devra Davis.

New Delhi: An average person in India is exposed to five to ten times higher levels of radiation than that in the US, according to Nobel Peace Prize winner Devra Davis.

Davis was speaking at a session Cell Tower and Mobile Radiations, Perceptions, Threats, and Solutions in the national capital yesterday.

Comparing the usage of cell phones with tobacco, asbestos and some other carcinogens (substances leading to higher rate of cancer cases), the session highlighted that there is a grave risk to health due to constant exposure to mobile radiation.

Talking about the Indian scenario, Dr Davis, recognised internationally for her work on environmental health and disease prevention, said, "An average person in India is exposed to 5-10 times higher levels of radiation than that in USA."

Other dignitaries present at the event included Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla and Pranav Poddar, Director of Syenergy Environics which deals with detecting and correcting existing harmful radiations and negative energy flows in open or built spaces, occurring from natural or geological phenomena, building materials and location of services.

According to experts, due to the mounting concern about the possibility of adverse health effects resulting from exposure to wireless communication devices like cell phones and towers in the World, a working group of 31 scientists and experts from 14 countries was formed in 2011 and they met to assess the potential health hazards from exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields.

In May 2011, based on the data and studies presented by these scientists, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the WHO classified radio frequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, and associated with wireless phone use.

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